This and That : New Necklace / Shakespeare’s Birthday / Pinterest Recipe / Poem – A – Day

Lots of stuff going on here lately so this post is a bit of everything thrown together. Sorry about that!

New Product:

Jane Austen is one of my all-time favorite authors. I love books like Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, which is why I created the Tea at Pemberley Charm Necklace and the Captain Wentworth Love Letter Necklace (two of my best-selling products!) I have been thinking that it was time to add another Jane-inspired piece to the store and so I am pleased to introduce the Tea with the Dashwoods charm necklace.

The latest addition to my Reading Tea Leaves series, the Tea with the Dashwoods necklace is a personalized, handcrafted necklace that is sure to appeal to: Book Lovers, Jane Austen Fans, and Tea Drinkers.

Tea with the Dashwoods

Featuring a handmade resin charm with text from the book, a vial of real tea leaves, a crystal teapot charm in your favorite color or birthstone and your choice of tiny porcelain teacup, this necklace will make you feel as slipped inside the book to have tea with Elinor and Maryanne!

And don’t forget that from now until the end of the month, everything in the store (including the Tea with the Dashwoods necklace) is 25% off with the coupon code: Poetry13.

Shakespeare’s Birthday:

April 23rd is William Shakespeare’s Birthday. If you happen to be in (or near) NYC on that day, you may want to check out the 3rd Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam where volunteers will be reading all of Shakespeare’s sonnets in Central Park.

Sadly, I cannot make it to the event but if I could, I would be wearing this.

Pinterest Recipe Experiments:

Lastly, Rob and I continue to experiment with recipes that I find on Pinterest. We have had some spectacular failures (including one attempt at a blue cheese and bacon-stuffed baked onion that Rob described as “smelling like feet.” Sadly, it did not taste much better).

We have been faring much better with dessert recipes including: Carrot and Zucchini Bars with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting that we made for Easter (So Good!) This week’s experiment was a recipe for Bite-Sized Apple Pies.  Basically if you have ever had Pigs in a Blanket, it is the same kind of thing only with apples, sugar, and cinnamon inside the dough instead of a hotdog. As a result, Rob and I have been calling them Apples in a Blanket.

They were really good – cheap and easy to make. Overall, they reminded me of the apple pies you can get at McDonalds but better.  There are a couple of things that I would change next time we made them (slicing the apples thinner so they cooked more, adjusting the sugar to cinnamon ratio that we used, actually using crescent dough instead of the biscuit dough that we accidentally bought instead)  but there will definitely BE a next time that we make these really cute little desserts.

Bite Sized Apple Pies

Poem of the Day:

Lastly, here is the poem for today, Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody.” This is one of my favorite Dickinson poems, which is why I used it when creating my Tea with Emily Dickinson charm necklace.

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
by Emily Dickinson

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

So that’s it for me today but I would love to hear from you. Do you have a favorite Emily Dickinson poem or a poem you would like to see for the Poem of the Day? Are any of you going to Shakespeare Birthday Sonnet Slam next week? Anyone have a good Pinterest recipe that I should try? If so, leave a comment! I would love to hear from you!

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About Ciarrai

Hi. My name is Kerry but here online I tend to go by the Gaelic version of my name, Ciarrai. I am a woman in my mid-30's who lives on Long Island, NY, with my husband, Rob, several guitars, a Nikon D40, more yarn, beads and books than I care to admit to and a cat who has a million nicknames and quite a few theme songs. I have a B.A. in Psychology and have recently returned to college to pursue a teaching degree so that I can eventually get a job as a High School English teacher. In addition to my major obsessions (Reading, Beading, Knitting, Music and Photography), I also enjoy playing Board Games, going to Renaissance Faires, Museums and Broadway Musicals.
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